The Classic of Tea by Lu Yu

Lu Yu published in China in 780, a treatise on tea and it’s uses called The Classic of Tea. Continue reading

First printed book

A Korean woodblock-printed scroll dating back to circa 704 was the first printed book called Mugu chong hwang tae dharani yong (Dharani Sutra). Continue reading

Zhang Lu

Upon the death of his father, Zhang Heng (张衡), Zhang Lu inherited control of the Celestial Masters religious group, and therefore became its third leader (the first was Zhang Lu's grandfather Zhang Daoling). Continue reading

First Asian newspaper in English

The Canton Register, was the first Asian newspaper in English was published beginning on November 8, 1827, in Guangzhou, China. Continue reading

A Taoist state

Circa 200 CE a Taoist state was set up by Zhang Lu, the third Taoist patriarch, in Han-chung (now part of the Chinese provinces of Szechwan and Shensi), from which its army formed the rebellion against the Han dynasty and was known as the Five Pecks of Rice. Continue reading

The Yellow Turban Rebellion

The Yellow Turban Rebellion was an uprising against the degenerating Han dynasty that began in eastern China in 184 under a Taoist faith healer, Chang Chtieh, lasting some 20 years. Continue reading

Family names

In China around 2852 BCE, by imperial decree, Family names were first adopted. Continue reading

First multivolume printed book series

A 130-volume collection of Chinese classics, was the first multivolume printed book series, printed for Fong Tao, a Chinese minister, at the beginning of 932. Continue reading

Heating stoves

China introduced heating stoves circa 600 BCE. Continue reading

Disastrous flood caused by war

The war which occurred in 1642 at Kaifeng, China, when anti-Ming rebels under command of Li Tzucheng destroyed the seawall there, killing more than 300,000 people in the ensuing flood. Continue reading